March 13, 2012

Art for Life

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The Drew Fine Arts Center is the heart of the art scene at Hamline. The painting studio features a huge wall of windows to illuminate canvas and color, the printmaking studio is equipped for the intaglio process, and there is more than 2,000 square feet of space designated for sculpture and drawing.

“Our students learn from faculty who are scholars as well as artists. They have exhibited nationally and have won many prestigious grants and fellowships,” Aida Audeh, chair of the Department of Studio Arts & Art History, said. “We know what’s going on in world of our profession and we bring it here to our students. We have high standards.”

Whether students pursue a studio arts or art history major they will gain a foundation in both the creative and academic sides of the discipline. Courses explore the historical context in which the world’s great works were and are being created, as well as the technical skills students need to express themselves through their chosen medium.

“At Hamline I’ve been discovering myself as an artist and finding the distinction between fine arts and commercial arts and illustration,” studio arts major Trung Nguyen said. “That’s part of why art history is important. We need to understand that art is meant to illustrate something, be a text, a dialogue between the artist and community.”

Students not only find a vibrant artistic community at Hamline, but also in the wider Twin Cities. With a multitude of museums and galleries of every description throughout the area, the opportunities to see great art, engage with other artists, and take advantage of internships are immense.

"There are always exciting things going on and it’s fun to participate in this community as an art student,” Nguyen said.

Art history and religion major Bekah Marzahn expanded her artistic range even farther by studying abroad.

“I studied a lot of surrealist art, especially in Spain. I also traveled through France, Morocco, and Italy,” Marzahn said. “It’s amazing how your eyes can be opened in a way that you never knew. You look at the world in a way you haven’t considered before.”

Marzahn says she’s drawn to the idea of teaching art herself someday and is in the process of looking at graduate schools. Nguyen is focused on becoming a children’s book illustrator and is assembling the portfolio of work he has produced at Hamline.

To hear more from art students and faculty and see their work for yourself, check out the video below. Watch more videos about Hamline student life and academics on our YouTube channel.